- a chisel having a partly cylindrical blade with the bevel on either the concave or the convex side.
- an act of gouging.
- a groove or hole made by gouging.
- an act of extortion; swindle.
- a layer of decomposed rocks or minerals found along the walls of a vein.
- fragments of rock that have accumulated between or along the walls of a fault.
- to scoop out or turn with or as if with a gouge: to gouge a channel; to gouge holes.
- to dig or force out with or as if with a gouge: to gouge out an eye.
- to make a gouge in: to gouge one's leg.
- to extort from, swindle, or overcharge.
- to engage in swindling, overcharging, or the like: I bought my clothes there before they began gouging.
Origin of gouge
Examples from the Web for gouging
News that the securities firm where he worked after his FBI gig was “sanctioned repeatedly by regulators for gouging customers.”Rep. ‘Break You in Half’ Grimm Is a Hothead With a Shady Past
January 29, 2014
Unconstrained by market pressures, private schools have been gouging their customers at a similar pace.The Tuition Gouge
January 30, 2012
Then, in an account that is bone-chilling, she says her husband pressed his fingers into her eyes, gouging them out.Mauled by Her Husband?
Asra Q. Nomani
July 16, 2011
They've a notion it's all gouging and luck, and you couldn't beat that out of them if you tried.The Lovely Lady
The gouging and snipping, so irritating to a person of nerves, is thus avoided.The Woman Beautiful
Helen Follett Stevans
I suppose he blunted them gouging nuggets out of the gold fields.Tales Of Men And Ghosts
Biting, kicking, gouging, all were the same to this silent and powerful antagonist.
Johnson's left hand was gouging at my face, his fingers digging at my eyes.Brigands of the Moon
- (usually foll by out) to scoop or force (something) out of its position, esp with the fingers or a pointed instrument
- (sometimes foll by out) to cut (a hole or groove) in (something) with a sharp instrument or tool
- US and Canadian informal to extort from
- (also intr) Australian to dig for (opal)
- a type of chisel with a blade that has a concavo-convex section
- a mark or groove made with, or as if with, a gouge
- geology a fine deposit of rock fragments, esp clay, occurring between the walls of a fault or mineral vein
- US and Canadian informal extortion; swindling
Word Origin and History for gouging
1560s, "to cut with a gouge," from gouge (n.). Meaning "to force out with a gouge" (especially of the eyes, in fighting) attested by 1800. Meaning "swindle" is American English colloquial from 1826 (implied in plural noun gougers). Related: Gouged; gouging.
mid-14c., "chisel with a concave blade," from Old French gouge, from Late Latin gubia, alteration of gulbia "hollow beveled chisel," probably from Gaulish (cf. Old Irish gulban "prick, prickle," Welsh gylfin "beak").
- A strong curved chisel used in bone surgery.